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CRN's 2018 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach




With the ThinkCentre M920 Tiny, Lenovo offers major performance in a one-liter form factor. Measuring just 1.4 inches wide, the company’s new desktop PC offers up to 32 GB of RAM and up to an eighth-generation, six-core Intel Core i7 processor (with clock speed of up to 4GHz). In addition, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M920 Tiny features PCIe storage expansion options and a wide range of ports, including USB-C, USB-A and HDMI. The ThinkCentre M920 Tiny is among the latest entries to Lenovo’s Tiny lineup, which is one of the fastest-growing PC lines at Loganville, Ga.-based solution provider CommQuest. “Overall, it’s a great product,” said CommQuest CEO Mark Sanchez. “With that form factor and the power that it can deliver, that combination is great for customers.”

Subcategory Winner—Customer Demand: Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower

Aimed at customers with small work environments, Dell’s Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower is just 3.65 inches wide but still offers strong CPU and graphics performance. Processor options include Intel Xeon E and eighth-generation Intel Core, while graphics choices go up to the AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 or Nvidia Quadro P1000.

Finalist: Apple iMac Pro 

The iMac Pro provides performance previously unheard of in the history of the Mac. The all-in-one features Intel Xeon processors— with eight-core, 10-core or 18-core options—along with up to 128 GB of RAM. The iMac Pro also includes AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics, while its 27-inch display features 5K resolution.

Finalist: Dell OptiPlex 7760 AiO 

Even with its 27-inch display size, Dell’s OptiPlex 7760 AiO has a footprint more akin to a 24-inch all-in-one thanks its thin-bezel InfinityEdge design. Features include an optional 4K resolution display and an articulating stand so the display can be adjusted to lay nearly flat.

Finalist: HP EliteOne 1000 AiO 

HP Inc.’s EliteOne 1000 is an all-in-one PC featuring a 34-inch display and collaboration features such as a dual-facing pop-up webcam for videoconferencing and dedicated keys for launching video and audio calls. The massive display offers sharp and vivid picture quality with WQHD (2,560 × 1,440) resolution.

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Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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